Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google—the cloud computing industry’s top three players in order—have ranked as leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services.
The major differences between the seven cloud providers in the report is “below the surface,” at the architecture, implementation and operations levels, according to Gartner.
“The resiliency characteristics afforded to clients varies widely by provider,” Gartner analysts wrote in the report. “Major outages plagued several cloud providers in this Magic Quadrant over the past year. In some cases, providers offered few capabilities to work around provider-oriented failure using accepted, modern means such as availability zones. Strategic cloud provider selection necessitates that enterprises consider the failure scenarios by workload and architect to manage them. In some regions, with several providers in this Magic Quadrant, the challenge of working around provider-oriented failure is insurmountable.”
Alibaba Cloud secured “Visionary” status in the report, while Gartner tabbed Oracle, Tencent Cloud and IBM as ”Niche Players.”
More than 90 percent of the consolidating global market for cloud infrastructure and platform services is claimed by four cloud providers—AWS and Microsoft followed by Alibaba and Google—and there’s no sign consolidation is slowing, according to Gartner.
AWS and Microsoft continue to dominate in much of North America and Europe, while Alibaba is the leader in China and considered a strong competitor in countries where China has influence.
“However, the era of the Chinese service provider is just beginning,” the Gartner report stated. “[China-based] providers such as Alibaba Cloud, Tencent, Huawei and Kingsoft are showing keen interest in competing, not just regionally within Asia, but also in far-from-home regions such as Latin America, where the Chinese providers face a less hostile reception than in the Western world.”
Here’s a look at the seven IaaS and PaaS cloud providers included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services report, including some of their key strengths and weaknesses. First, CRN looks at Gartner’s methodology behind the report.